Canterbury Park Gardens
Canterbury Park Gardens is the jewel in the crown of the Eaglehawk Open Space Precinct.
First proposed in 1870, the garden was set out in 1873 on ‘upside down country’, a reference to the gold rush mining days. Much has changed at this site over the years and the garden now sits along side Canterbury Park Oval, Lake Neangar, Lake Tom Thumb and a sports and events precinct.
Canterbury Park Gardens are known for the annual Dahlia and Arts festival, it’s collection of dahlias, palms and roses and the meticulously maintained ornamental gardens.
The broader Eaglehawk Open Space Precinct is known for it’s tradition of annual sporting events and community spirit. The area also includes an events lawn, the McKern Skate Park and Peter Krenz Leisure Centre swimming pool.
Find out more here
Located on the shores of Lake Neangar, this contemporary playspace is also near to the Peter Krenz Leisure Centre, Canterbury Park Oval and Sports Precinct, Canterbury Park Gardens, the McKern Skate Park and the Mulga Bill bike trail.
Shaped like a giant eagle hawk, the new play space caters to children of all ages. The play space is multi zoned with both passive and active areas for children with various skill and abilities. It features custom designed play equipment inspired by the famous Banjo Patterson poem Mulga Bill’s Bicycle which starts with the line “Twas Mulga Bill from Eaglehawk” and a butterfly themed junior play area called Where Angels Play to celebrate the life of baby Zayden Veal Whitting.
The play space includes equipment for swinging, spinning and sliding with adventure and movement play, a series of pathways, extensive tree planting, landscaping and picnic and barbecue facilities for the whole family to enjoy.
Find out more here
CATERING AT THE EVENT HUB
All of our Bendigo Kids athletes will receive fruit and snacks at the finish line.
A local community group will be providing a food stall on the day. Stay tuned for full details coming soon.
Event parking will be street parking within the local area. We ask all visitors to be respectful of the local residents and to park in accordance with local parking regulations and to check all parking signage carefully to avoid fines.
There will be two minor road closures to ensure the safety of our athletes on the day, however all residents will still have access to their property. Road closures will occur from approx 9am to 1pm and include:
- Butts Road closed as a crossing point for bikes to cross over to and from Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb; and
- The entry to the car park form Simpson Road will be closed to enable the safe passage of bikes onto the bike track.
Dogs on leads arewelcome in Canterbury Park Gardens, but please be sure to keep them on a lead and under control and to clean up after them.
CERTIFIED ASSISTANCE ANIMALS
Some companion animals are trained to provide assistance to people with a disability to help alleviate the effect of that disability. These assistance animals are not pets. They provide an important service that helps people to more fully participate in personal and public life activities with more confidence and independence.
- Human Rights Commission Guidelines on Assistance Animals here.
Before the Event
There are a number of things you can do before the event to ensure you have a fantastic time on the day. We’ve included some tips below.
It’s very important to ensure you enter online before the event. Numbers are limited so ensure you enter early to make sure you don’t miss out.
Full entry details can be found here.
Get training ready for the big day!
The aim of the Bendigo Kids Triathlon is to offer an event that anyone can be a part of, however, to ensure each participant has a fun and enjoyable event we recommend getting out and about with the family in the local area and parklands to go swimming, riding and running before the event, so you know what to expect.
Each participant must be able to swim the distance for their age group.
Check out some tips and hints here.
Check out all the Event Information
- Read the event website for all the information you’ll need to know for the event.
- Download the Athletes Guide. This will be made available online one week prior to the event.
- Check out the FAQ section for answers to those commonly asked questions.
Prepare the Equipment you need
Full information regarding equipment can be found here.
Know the Rules
A fun, safe event always includes a few rules. You can check out the rules you need to know here.
Food & Drink
- Dinner the night before | Whatever the family would normally have for dinner is recommended the night before.
- Breakfast | We suggest a light meal in the morning before the event to give you energy. We would suggest avoiding a big breakfast. Fruit and snacks will be provided to our Bendigo Kids at the finish line, and a local community group will be providing catering on site.
- Drinks | Water is a great way to hydrate. We suggest that participants have a water bottle with them next to their bike in transition where they can take a drink after the swim and before the run. Water will be provided at the finish line.
Bendigo Kids Triathlon Registration
All athletes and parents/guardians are required to register at Race HQ between 7am and 9am.
We recommend arriving early to ensure you allow yourself enough time to park, register, set up your equipment in transition warm up before the event, and enjoy the morning. Being on time is very important as each event will start on time and cannot wait for late comers.
When You Arrive
- REGISTER | Register at Race HQ. Head straight to the Check-In tent with your parents or carer.
- BRING YOUR ONLINE REGISTRATION | Show a copy of your online registration email and collect your race pack which will include your Bendigo Kids Triathlon TShirt to be worn during the bike and run legs of the event.
- COLLECT TIES & PINS | Collect ties and pins for your bike and run number at the table near the registration desk.
- NUMBER MARKING | Visit the number marking area immediately after registering where our volunteers will write a number on your arm and leg. Please don’t put sunscreen on until you’re number is written on, otherwise they’ll rub straight off. Our volunteers will check you have everything you need and direct you to transition.
- GO TO TRANSITION | Take your bike and equipment to the transition area BEFORE the designated closure time. Allow plenty of time for this.
Please refer to the Event Timetable for full details.
It is very important, and a requirement for participation that all athletes have their race numbers clearly visible at all times including:
- Number marked on the left arm – please visit the ‘number marking’ area on the day.
- Bike Number attached to the front handlebars of the bike at all times during the event. Bike ties are available for collection at registration. The number must be clearly visible so please do not fold, roll or obscure it in any way.
- Run Number attached to the front of your Bendigo Kids Triathlon TShirt. Pins are available for collection at registration. The number must be clearly visible so please ensure it is attached at all four corners and do not fold, roll or obscure it in any way.
Some more important notes about your Race Numbers
- Please ensure the numbers are safely secured. If the number is lost please report the loss to one of the officials at Race HQ immediately.
- Athletes must have their allocated numbers displayed before entering transition or the course.
- Please do not cut, alter, disfigure, damage, cover or obscure the numbers in any way. It is important that numbers are clearly visible for safety and identification purposes.
BENDIGO KIDS TRIATHLON EQUIPMENT
The Bendigo Kids Triathlon is all about our young champions getting into the outdoors and giving it a go. There’s no need for fancy, or expensive equipment, as long as it’s safe and well maintained. We’ve included a list below of essential and recommended equipment, plus some tips to prepare.
THE ESSENTIAL STUFF
- Swimming togs
- Swim Cap – included in your race pack
- Bike with race number attached to the handlebars. The race number included in your race pack. The bike should be in safe condition and checked to ensure all mechanical parts, brakes and tyres are in good working order.
- Bike helmet that meets Australian Safety Standards.
- Bendigo Kids Triathlon TShirt with race number attached to the front – Tshirt and race number included in your race pack
- Clothes to ride/run in
- Hat and sunscreen
- Covered running shoes and socks
- Small towel
- Water bottle filled with water
- Any medication you need to use during the event such as an asthma inhaler.
- A big smile and a sense of adventure!
- Swim goggles if you usually swim with them
- Clothes to wear after the event, including something warm for if the weather is cooler and something waterproof for if it’s raining
- Healthy snacks and drinks
- It’s a good idea not to use any new clothing or equipment on event day. Ensure you’ve been training and trying out all the clothes and equipment you plan to use on the day well before the event. That way you know what to expect and there won’t be any surprises.
- If you’re wearing goggles on the day, ensure you’ve tried them out before the event to ensure the head band is adjusted to the correct size to avoid any leaks.
- Ensure the bike helmet complies with Australian Safety Standards. There should be a certification sticker inside the helmet.
- Have your bike checked over by your local bike store, or someone who knows about servicing bikes to ensure it’s safe and in good working order.
- Pack everything and tick off the checklist the day BEFORE the event so you don’t have to worry on event morning and you can focus on just having a great time.
A big welcome to the team from Moronis Bikes who will be on hand at Bendigo Kids Race HQ ensuring all our athletes are ready to ride with any last minute bike repairs or equipment.
It’s a good idea to make sure your bike is in good working order before the event to avoid any disappointment on the day, so why not consider booking in for a service. Or, if you need any other equipment or even a new bike for the occasion Moronis has it all on hand in their store in Bendigo.
Catch up with the team at:
About Moronis Bikes
We stock a wide range of brands across a large variety of bikes, including road bikes, hybrids, track, mountain and children bikes, all the way through to cross bikes, unicycles, e-Bikes and even recumbents! We also stock limited ranges in Willier, ByK, Radius, Gazelle and more.
We always have a mechanic in-store so there’s no need to book ahead for a service! The majority of services can be turned around within the day depending on the time of year and complexity of the service (sometimes we need to order parts) and although we discourage mechanical work on a Sunday, there’s always someone in the workshop for emergencies.
The weather might change in Bendigo but we don’t change our hours. We’re also open on most public holidays so come in and see our friendly staff for all your needs. We do close the doors on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day and AFL Grand Final day because we aren’t that mean!
Monday 9am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 9am – 5:30pm
Wednesday 9am – 5:30pm
Thursday 9am – 5:30pm
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 3pm
Sunday 10:30am – 3pm
FREE ‘Give it a GO… in BendiGO! Tech T
Each of our champion athletes recieve a FREE ‘Give it a GO… in BendiGO!’ tech T in their race packs. The shirt is worn during the event to identify each athlete as a Bendigo Kids triathlete on the day.
IMPORTANT! Please choose your shirt size carefully
When entering online you will be requested to select a shirt size from the options below:
- Half Chest | W – 40.5cm (XS)
- Half Chest | W – 43cm (S)
- Half Chest | W – 45.5cm (M)
- Half Chest | W – 48cm (L)
Please choose carefully and ensure you have checked the half chest measurements before entering. The size shirt chosen will be made available in your race pack on the day, however, if it is the incorrect size it may not be able to be changed.
While we will make every effort to provide an alternate size, if there are none of the required sizes in stock it will not be possible to change it. To avoid disappointment, please choose your sizing very carefully before entering.
The transition area is where athletes change from one leg of the event to the other. Participants will exit the swim and change over to the ride leg in the transition area. After the ride they then return to transition to change over from the ride leg to the run.
There are two transitions during the event:
- Swim to Bike
- Bike to Run
Transition is located on the oval in Canterbury Park and there is a 150m run on the grass from the pool to the transition area.
Transition Opening & Closing | 7am – 9:15am
After you have registered at Race HQ, had your number marked on your body and attached your bike number to your bike, it’s time to take the equipment you will need during the event to the transition area.
The transition area is open from 7am to 9:15am. All equipment must be placed during these times. For safety reasons no equipment can be placed in transition after 9:15am and unfortunately if the cut off time is missed you won’t be able to take part in the event, so ensure you arrive nice and early so you can set everything up ready to go.
Equipment to take to the Transition Area
- Bike with race number attached to the handlebars – ties are provided at the registration desk at Race HQ.
- Bike Helmet – placed on your head with straps done up
- Bendigo Kids Triathlon Tshirt
- Run Number attached to your Bendigo Kids Triathlon TShirt or Race Belt
- Running shoes and socks
- Small towel
- Water bottle filled with water
- Any medication you may need to use during the event such as an asthma inhaler.
Leave your equipment neatly next to your bike. For safety, bags are not permitted in the transition area so please take them out with you.
Need Help in Transition?
One parent/guardian may accompany you in the transition area but if you feel like you would like to do it on your own that’s OK too. Our friendly True Bluey volunteers will be there to help if you need it. All you need to do is ask.
Bike Safety Check
When you enter transition, the team from Triathlon Victoria will do a quick safety check on your bike and helmet, to make sure you’ll have a fun and safe ride on the day. Please ensure that your bike is in good working order, and handle bar ends are plugged.
Before entering transition please ensure that:
- Your MTB Number is attached securely to the bike handlebars; and
- Your bike helmet is fitted and fastened correctly
Setting up your Equipment
Each age group will have a separate transition area. Each row of bikes within that transition area will be identified by race number and cap colour, as well as a familiar symbol such as a koala or something similar so you know the row to go to.
Place your bike on the rack by the seat and place equipment on the ground next to your bike. Each athlete has a 50cm space, so please keep equipment neat and tidy.
If you’re not sure or you need a hand, remember our True Bluey Volunteer team will be there to help, so all you need to do is ask.
Respect in the Transition Area
We’re all at the Bendigo Kids Triathlon to have a great day out! Each athlete has a 50cm allocated space to rack bikes & leave any kit required during the event. Please keep equipment neat and tidy and please don’t move or interfere with any other athletes gear or bike in the transition area.
If there is an issue with another athletes bike or equipment please see one of the friendly volunteers to assist.
Some Transition Rules
The transition area is a very busy space during the event and there is a lot happening. To ensure we all stay safe there are a few rules for when you are in the transition area:
- Ensure your bike helmet is fitted and done up correctly before you pick up your bike in transition.
- When you return to transition ensure your bike is on the rack before you take off your bike helmet.
- Ensure your shoelaces are done up before riding or running.
- Don’t move or touch anyone else’s equipment or bikes in the transition area.
Get to know the Transition Area
It’s important to know where to go in the transition area for the start and finish of each leg. It’s a great idea to check this out before the start.
Take some time in the morning to check out:
- The Swim Entry and where your bike is located from the entry point;
- The Bike Exit;
- The Bike Entry and how to return to your allocated bike space; and
- The Run Exit.
The Transition Area will be cleared at 9:15am sharp. It is important that athletes place their equipment and clear the area by this time. If athletes arrive at Transition at closure time they will not be able to take part in the event.
Transition for the Bendigo Kids Triathlon has been set up so that each age group may remove their bikes from the transition area after that age group has finished. The transition will be open for bike collection when the final competitor in each age group has finished their event.
When it is announced by the Race Director that the age group transition is open for bike collection one parent may accompany the athlete to help collect their bike.
To ensure the transition area is safe and secure bikes may not be collected until advised by the Race Director. Please refer to the event timetable for estimated times.
Bendigo Kids Triathlon is open to 2-person teams
As a 2-person team one athletes completes the swim leg and the other athletes completes the ride leg. Both team members complete the run to celebrate at the finish line to be presented with their finisher’s medallions.
Teams Age Group Events
For the teams event the age of the youngest person in the team will determine the event in which the team can take part.
For example, if a team includes a 12 year old and a 13 year old, the team would enter the 10-12 year event as their youngest participant is 12 years old.
Three bib numbers will be included in the race pack for each team.
- Bib 1 is to be attached to the handlebars of the riders bike prior to taking it to transition.
- Bib 2 is to be attached to the front of the riders’ Bendigo Kids Tshirt using the pins provided at Race HQ or by using a race belt.
- Bib 3 is to be attached to the front of the Bendigo Kids Tshirt that the swimmer will put on for the run leg using the pins provided at Race HQ or by using a race belt.
Team members will also have their race number written on their arm and leg at the number station at Race HQ after registering at Race HQ.
Teams Transition & Briefing
Team swimmer | leave your running gear next to the team rider’s bike.
Both team members go to briefing when that team age group is called.
Team rider | return to the transition area and wait next to your bike.
Swim to Ride Transition
When your team swimmer enters transition after the swim leg, tag your team rider.
Team rider, unrack your bike and walk/run to the bike exit with your bike.
Team swimmer remain at the bike rack and put on your shoes, shirt etc ready for the run to the finish when your team rider returns.
Ride to Run Transition
When the team rider returns from the ride leg,
- Tag your team swimmer
- Put on your shoes, race number etc.
- Both team members run to the finish line together to be presented with your finishers medallions.
The Pre-Event Briefing
Before the start of each event a pre-event briefing will be held in the briefing area near the swim start. All athletes are required to attend the briefing as it covers all the information you need to ensure you have a fun and safe time during the event.
The pre-event briefing usually takes place approx. 15 mins before your event start. Check the event timetable for your estimated briefing times and listen for announcements.
When your cap colour is called over the PA, ask your parent or guardian to take you to the briefing area at the pool.
Please ensure you arrive at the briefing area with plenty of time to spare as the briefing needs to start at the allocated time. Unfortunately if you miss the briefing you will not be able to take part in the event.
Detailed briefing times can be found on the notice board at Race HQ on the day.
If you are participating as a team, both team members should attend the briefing. After the briefing the bike riders will be escorted to Transition, ready to meet their team swimmer when they come out of the water.
What to Take to the Briefing
After the briefing you will go straight to the swim start, so please ensure you have all the things you need for the swim:
- Wear your swimming togs to the briefing.
- Ensure you have sunscreen applied to all exposed skin; and
- Take your swim cap and goggles (if you decide to wear goggles for the swim).
Only have your swimming togs, swim cap and goggles on when you go to Briefing. Leave any other items such as thongs, tshirt, hat with your parent or guardian.
The finish line is a place to celebrate your achievements.
At the finish:
- Participants will be presented with a finisher’s medallion;
- Fruit, snacks and drinks will be available; and
- Have your photo take and the Bendigo Kids podium.
After the Event
There’s lots to do at Canterbury Park including the Eaglehawk Playspace. There will be catering on site so why not enjoy the rest of the day with your family and friends.
A fun and safe event always includes a few rules. Below are some you’ll need to know.
- Follow any directions given to you by the event team, course marshals, True Bluey Volunteers or any other event officials.
- Familiarise yourself with the course. Maps are available on the website, in the athletes guide and on information boards at Race HQ.
- Ensure your bike helmet is fitted and done up correctly before you pick up your bike in transition.
- When you return to transition ensure your bike is on the rack before you take off your bike helmet.
- Ensure your shoelaces are done up and tucked in before riding or running.
- Keep left on the bike and run course so other athletes can easily overtake if required.
- Your official Bendigo Kids Tri Tshirt must be worn during the bike and run legs. The TShirt is included FREE in your race pack.
- Don’t move or touch anyone else’s equipment or bikes in the transition area.
- No drones may be flown in or around the event course.
- Be respectful of other athletes and encourage each other along the way.
The team at In2Adventure have been hosting safe, enjoyable and fun events for over 13 years throughout Australia and provide the safest possible environment for kids to relax, have fun and enjoy the experience. The event is sanctioned by the sports governing body, Triathlon Australia and complies with all designated rules and safety regulations. Triathlon Australia technical officials will also be on the course on the day.
Fully trained lifesavers from the Peter Kring Leisure Centre will be on hand throughout the swim leg to guide our Bendigo Kids and provide assistance where necessary. Our friendly True Bluey volunteers and first aiders, wearing hi-vis vests will also be located throughout the course to assist if needed.
To ensure a safe course, we ask supporters and visitors to ensure they remain in the designated spectator areas and do not enter any area of the course. This is to ensure that each child has a clear, unobstructed course in which to participate.
Where a participant may have a medical condition that may require assistance during the event, we ask that parents/guardians tell us on the online entry form when entering.
A dedicated first aid tent will be located at Race HQ and qualified first aiders will also be strategically positioned throughout the course.
Our event partners have been extremely generous in supporting this event so we can all enjoy the sport we love. We reciprocate that support and therefore no signage, flyers, promotional banners, promotional tents, branded vehicles, sales, service or trade displays are permitted to be set up within the Race HQ or car parking areas without written authorisation from the event directors.
If you’re not sure if what you are setting up is against this directive, please see the Race Director or Event Director BEFORE setting up for clarification.
We ask all participants to please be respectful of this to avoid being asked to remove tents etc.
Please see the ‘Event Promotion Policy’ displayed on the Policy page.
In2Adventure is committed to maintaining a minimal impact policy that will protect the environment and enable us as individual members of the general public and members of the outdoor community to continue to enjoy the vast natural environment that is Australia’s backyard. Therefore we ask that athletes and visitors read and agree to abide by the Bush Code outlined in our Environmental Policy and ensure that no rubbish, gel packets or wrappers are dropped on the course during the event.
Bendigo Kids Triathlon Course
If you’re aged, 7 to 15 years and you love having fun times with your mates in the outdoors, then we have just the day out for you, and your family.
This ‘kids only’ triathlon experience is a non-competitive, fun day out aimed at encouraging our young champions of tomorrow to be active, have fun, and enjoy it all in the company of their best mates.
The Bendigo Kids Triathlon is for kids aged 7 – 15 years of age and includes all the fun of a triathlon with a swim, ride and run combined into one action packed event.
Events for our young champions include:
|13 to 15 yrs||75m||1 x 75m lap||6km||3 x 2k laps - Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb||1km||2 x 500m laps|
|10 to 12 yrs||50m||1 x 50m lap||4km||2 x 2k laps - Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb||1km||2 x 500m laps|
|7 to 9 yrs||25m||1 x 25m lap||2km||2 x 1k laps - Lake Neangar||500m||1 x 500m lap|
Bendigo Kids Triathlon Swim
The swim leg for the Bendigo Kids Triathlon will take place in the 50m pool at Peter Krenz Leisure Centre.
The swim is the first leg of the triathlon and it’s always a lot of fun. The swim takes place in the pool and is for athletes and officials only, but don’t worry, you’ll be cared for throughout the swim by the amazing team of lifesavers from Peter Krenz Leisure Centre and our members of our True Bluey Volunteer Team. The water safety team from Peter Krenz Leisure Centre will be at the side of the pool ready to assist if needed.
To make sure you have a fun time during the swim it’s a good idea to spend some time swimming prior to the event to ensure you feel comfortable in the water. Swimming two or three times a week in the lead up to the event will help you feel more confident on the day.
The Swim Course
- 13-15 yrs | A 75m L Shaped Swim – 50m up and 25m across
- 10-12 yrs | 50m lap – swimming the length of the pool
- 7-9 yrs | 25m lap – swimming half the length of the pool
The Swim Start
- After the briefing follow the marshal to the swim start area.
- Have your swim cap and goggles on ready to start.
- Line up with your group.
- When asked make your way to sit on the side of the pool.
- Listen to the start marshals instructions.
- When the whistle blows slide into the water and follow the swim course to the exit.
The Swim Exit
- The swim exit is located at the side of the pool.
- Using your arms pull yourself onto the side of the pool.
- When you have left the water, follow the signs and bunting and walk or run to the transition area.
Bendigo Kids Triathlon Bike Course
The bike leg for the Bendigo Kids Triathlon will take place on the trails around Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb.
The bike is the second leg of the triathlon and is the longest section of the event where you’ll be able to take in all the scenery around the beautiful lakes on Canterbury Park. The course includes paths and some trails and is a lot of fun. The bike course is for athletes and officials only, but don’t worry you’ll be well cared for by our True Bluey Volunteer Marshals located throughout the entire bike course.
To make sure you have a fun time during the bike ride it’s a good idea to spend some time riding before the event to ensure you feel comfortable on your bike. You and your family could even go to Canterbury Park and have a practice ride on the course before the event.
Ensure your bike is in good working order and get familiar with hopping on, using your brakes, riding the corners and slowing down and hopping off.
The Bike Course
- 13-15 yrs | 6km – 3 x 2km laps around Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb
- 10-12 yrs | 4km – 2 x 2km laps around Lake Neangar and Lake Tom Thumb
- 7-9 yrs | 2km – 2 x 1km laps around Lake Neangar
The Bike Transition
- After the swim follow the signs and bunting to the transition area and the area where you placed your bike.
- Use the signs on the bike racks to locate your bike.
- BEFORE you pick up your bike:
- Remove your swim cap and goggles if you are wearing them and place them on the ground neatly next to your bike.
- Have a drink if you need it.
- Put on your Bendigo Kids Triathlon Shirt.
- Place your helmet on your head and ensure all straps are fastened.
- Put on your socks and shoes and ensure the laces are done up and tucked away.
- When all of this is complete pick up your bike and WALK it towards the ‘Bike Exit’.
- After you have gone past the ‘Mount’ sign, hop on your bike.
- Keep to the left hand side of the track.
- Slow down on the corners.
- Use your brakes where required.
- Remember the number of laps you need to complete
- Follow the ‘Next Lap’ sign for another laps.
- When you have completed your laps follow the ‘Back to Transition’ sign.
- Have fun and be respectful of other athletes. Give them a cheer as you pass.
At the Finish of the Bike Course
- Slow down when you turn off at the ‘Back to Transition’ sign.
- Before you reach the ‘Dismount’ sign, hop off your bike and walk back to where you picked it up.
- Place your bike carefully back on the bike rack.
Bendigo Kids Triathlon Run Course
The run leg for the Bendigo Kids Triathlon will take place around the ovals in Canterbury Park and finish at Race HQ.
The run is the final leg of the triathlon and you’ll be heading to the finish line around the beautiful gardens in Canterbury Park. The run course includes paths and some grass and will be loads of fun as you head towards the finish at Race HQ to the cheers of the crowd. The run course is for athletes and officials only, but don’t worry you’ll be well cared for by our True Bluey Volunteer Marshals located throughout the entire run course.
To make sure you have a fun time during the run it’s a good idea to spend some time running prior to the event to ensure you feel comfortable on the day. It’s also a great idea to try riding your bike, hopping off and then running. It’s a different feeling changing from bike to run, so give it a go before and get familiar with what it feels like.
The Run Course
- 13-15 yrs | 1km – 2 x 500m laps around Canterbury Park
- 10-12 yrs | 1km – 2 x 500m laps around Canterbury Park
- 7-9 yrs | 500m – 1 x 500m lap around Canterbury Park
The Run Transition
- When you have placed your bike carefully on the rack, take your helmet off and leave it neatly next to your bike.
- Have a drink if needed.
- Put on your hat.
- Exit transition at the ‘Run Exit’ sign
- Follow the run signs to the finish line
- Keep to the left hand side of the track.
- Cheer on other runners as you go.
- Remember the number of laps you need to complete.
- Follow the ‘Next Lap’ sign for another lap.
- When you have completed your laps follow the ‘To the Finish’ sign.
At the Finish Line
- Make sure you have a BIG smile for your photo as you cross the finish line.
- Enjoy being presented with your Bendigo Kids Triathlon Finishers Medallion.
- Have the biggest celebration and congratulate your mates at the finish line.
- Have your photo taken on the Bendigo Kids Triathlon podium.
- Enjoy the fruit, drinks and snacks.
- Meet your parent or guardian at your designated meeting point.
- Celebrate your achievements and enjoy the rest of the day.
* Note: Bike Collection may be delayed until all participants have finished the bike leg of the event.
** Note: Event Briefing and Start may be delayed if the previous age group have not all finished the swim leg of the event.
*** Note: This timetable may change based on the number of entries for each age group. Final times will be published the week before the event.
Registration All Events
|7:00am||REGISTRATION OPEN | All Events||Race HQ|
|7:00am||Transition Open | All Events||Transition|
|9:00am||REGISTRATION CLOSED | All Events||Race HQ|
|9:15am||Transition Closed | All Events||Transition|
13 to 15 Years Event
|9:15am||13 - 15 yrs | Go To Briefing Area||Pool|
|9:30am||Event Briefing | 13 - 15 Yrs||Swim Start|
|9:45am||Event Start | 13 - 15 Yrs||Swim Start|
|*10:40am||Bike Collection Open | 13 - 15 Yrs||Transition|
10 to 12 Years Event
|9:50am||10 - 12 yrs | Go to Briefing Area||Pool|
|10:05am||Event Briefing | 10 - 12 yrs||Swim Start|
|10:20am||Event Start | 10 - 12 yrs||Swim Start|
|*11:10am||Bike Collection Open | 10 - 12 yrs||Transition|
7 to 9 Years Event
|10:20am||7 - 9 yrs | Go To Briefing Area||Pool|
|10:35am||Event Briefing | 7 - 9 yrs||Swim Start|
|10:50am||Event Start | 7 - 9 yrs||Swim Start|
|*11:30am||Bike Collection Open | 7 - 9 yrs||Transition|
Finish All Events
|9:45am - 12:00pm||Finish Line Fun | Photos, Breakfast, Giveaways, Expo||Finish Area|
|12:00pm||Event Close | |
All bikes must be collected by this time.
Travelling to Bendigo
Bendigo is located just 1 hour 40 minutes north of Melbourne.
Travelling to Bendigo
For directions please follow the links below
- Driving from Melbourne Airport: approx 1hr 39mins drive
- Driving from Melbourne Avalon Airport: approx 2hrs 14mins drive
- Driving from Bendigo: approx 11min drive
Race HQ is located at:
Canterbury Park Gardens
Travelling with the family for the Bendigo Kids Triathlon event? What better way to compliment your visit to the city and beyond than to stay a night or more in one of the many accommodation options we have on offer.
Gently stroll back to your accommodation and savour the fresh country air. Many Bendigo hotels, motels, Bed and Breakfasts, self-contained apartments and hostels are centrally located for great convenience. For those wishing to escape to a rural setting there are farm stays, rural retreats and Bed and Breakfasts outside of the city.
Affordable and welcoming caravan parks and motels are bursting with convenience and things to do. Many have highlights for kids like swimming pools, jumping pillows, playgrounds and kindy playrooms.
Accommodation Booking Made Easy
We offer a free booking service. Search for accommodation online or call our friendly Accommodation Booking Specialists on 1800 813 153 to book.
Please note each accommodation provider has selected the most appropriate category for their business, however some services offered may overlap into other accommodation types.
Both Melbourne Tullamarine and Avalon Airports hosts flights to and from Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Newcastle, Gold Coast, and a host of regional destinations.
For more information on Melbourne Tullamarine Airport call 03 9297 1600 or visit www.melbourneairport.com.au
For more information on Melbourne Avalon Airport call 03 5227 9100 or visit www.avalonairport.com.au
Bendigo Airport is serviced 6 days a week with QANTAS flights to Sydney. For further information regarding Bendigo Airport operations contact the Bendigo Airport Management team on 03 5434 6078 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Transport Victoria provides services from Melbourne to Bendigo daily. Phone 1800 800 007 or visit Bendigo Railway Station
Bendigo Airport Services operates the Bendigo shuttle bus to Melbourne Airport offering several services per day, stopping at Kangaroo Flat, Castlemaine, Chewton, Malmsbury, Kyneton, Woodend and Gisborne en route. Book instantly* on our website by clicking here.
Timetable: visit Bendigo Airport Shuttle Bus
THINGS TO DO
Apart from discovering all the awesome natural beauty of Bendigo, Bendigo is also a city of insta-worthy shops, locally-made drops, pottery, pictures and fun times for the family. Are we ticking off your list here?
In other words, in our lovely city you can partake in your fair share of holiday dining, sampling local wines, craft beer and market goodies.
You can shop for amazing things you never knew you needed until you spied them. Find boutiques curated by quirky locals and collections of Bendigo-made art, craft and fashion. It’s well worth a good old rummage.
You can marvel at our arts and culture in the galleries and museums, then cultivate a healthy love of our natural attractions.
Walk and cycle the city and beyond, book a guided tour of the best bits or take your time experiencing our authentic attractions – if you’ve got kids, you’re going to want to do them all.
Mix and match from these ideas, then hatch your plan for a visit worth writing home about. Or at the very least posting, tweeting, etc etc. Selfies with Sun Loong anyone?
To plan your stay go to bendigotourism.com
Situated in the historic Post Office, Bendigo Visitor Centre can help you sort out all your needs while you are at the Bendigo Kids Triathlon, including accommodation, shopping, dining, booking attractions & tours, and provide you visitor information, map and guide books. They also have quality gifts and souvenirs so it is a must stop during your Bendigo Visit. The Visitor Centre opens everyday from 9am to 5pm(except Christmas Day).
CALL TOLL FREE ON 1800 813 153 OR INTERNATIONAL +61 3 5434 6060
BENDIGO VISITOR INFORMATION AND BOOKING CENTRE
Address: 51 – 67 Pall Mall, Bendigo
T: 1800 813 153
BENDIGO VISITOR GUIDE
If you require a paper copy to be posted, please contact us and let us know which guides you would like. If you are looking for something in particular, contact one of our friendly staff members on 1800 813 153 or email email@example.com, they will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
A range of maps is also available to download as PDFs.
Official Visitor Guide
The guide features all new experience and motivational sections focusing on our heritage and history, arts and culture, food and local produce, active lifestyle and itineraries.
This handy guide is all about finding the perfect dining and shopping experiences whilst discovering the best of Bendigo and the surrounding region. Explore the city by precinct and discover all the must do experiences.
Bendigo’s location on the northern fringe of the Great Dividing Range means it enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. The region avoids extremes in weather such as snow and strong winds and averages 240 rain free days per year.
With the average January temperature of 29 degrees and 12 degrees in July – the variation between the seasons is very pleasant. Bendigo is still one of the few places in Australia that you can enjoy all four seasons.
Weather forecast for the next 7 days for VIC: Bendigo
DINING IN BENDIGO
You are what you eat… ever fancied being totally scrummy? That’ll be you after a taste tour of Bendigo restaurants, cafes, farmers markets and fresh food stores. You’ll be fashioning napkins willy-nilly in the most unexpected of places.
Dine in a heritage bank vault, in a former glass factory, a heritage-listed Beaurepaires site, plus down laneways, byways and basements.
Many of the loveliest locals grow, make, bake and brew the food, beer and wine on offer. Salt-of-the-earth people who produce seasonal food so good, ironically, you won’t need salt nor seasoning. Meet them at a market, or on a dedicated foodie tour of the city.
Of course you’ll need to be washing all this down with a bevvie or two; a local wine, a Bendigo beer, or something a wee bit fancy from some of regional Victoria’s best cocktail menus.
Find out more at www.bendigotourism.com/bendigo-eat-drink
Bendigo Kids Triathlon Entry Fees
Online entries close at 5pm on Thursday prior to the event. Late online entries will open on Friday morning after 9am and remain open until 8:45am on Sunday morning. Late online entries include a $5 administration fee.
|Closing Date||13 OCT 2019|
|5pm Thurs 28 NOV 2019|
|8:45am Sun 1 DEC 2019
Late Online Entries
|Team 2 persons||$60||$70||$75|
- FREE Bendigo Kids Triathlon T – To be worn on the bike and run.
- Finishers Medallion
- Snacks at the finish line
- No credit card fee & no booking fee | The entry price advertised is the price you pay
And all the usual things you’d expect at an In2Adventure event:
- Spectacular racing on well signed and marshaled courses
- Medical support
- Entry into the ‘Fun One’ Prize Draw for Sponsors giveaways
- High quality video and photo memories
- A professionally run event in a welcoming atmosphere
Bendigo Kids Triathlon Event Categories
|7 to 9 Yrs||10 to 12 Yrs||13 to 15 Yrs|
|Athletes must be aged between 7 and 9 years on the day of the event.||Athletes must be aged between 10 and 12 years on the day of the event.||Athletes must be aged between 13 and 15 years on the day of the event.|
|Swim - 25m||Swim - 50m||Swim - 75m|
|Cycle - 2km||Cycle - 4km||Cycle - 6km|
|Run - 500m||Run - 1km||Run - 1km|
*Note: All entrants must be aged at least 7 years on the day of the event and no more than 15 years on the day of the event.
**Note: Team must consist of entrants in the same age category, otherwise they will be placed in the category of the youngest participant.
HOW TO ENTER
All entries are via secure online entry system provided by eWay. Payment is by Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Enter Online HERE and select ‘Bendigo Kids Triathlon’.
Entries close at 5pm on the Thursday prior to the event.
Bring a copy of your In2Adventure Order Email to registration. Please note: race packs can only be collected with proof of entry.
LATE ONLINE ENTRIES
Important Note: All late entries are required to be completed ONLINE using phone, device or computer.
Where the event is not fully subscribed by close of entries at 5pm on Thursday prior to the event, late online entries may be made available on Friday morning.
Late Online Entries may be submitted after close of entries and up until 8:45am on Sunday morning.
Late Online Entries incur an additional $5 administration fee. All late entries must be completed online, manual entries are not available at event registration. Please enter using your phone, device or computer prior to the Late Entry Close Time.
How to Submit a Late Online Entry
- Enter & Pay Online up until 5pm on the Saturday prior to the event. Enter Here and Select ‘Bendigo Kids Triathlon”
- Bring a copy of your In2Adventure Order Email to registration. Please note: race packs can only be collected with proof of entry.
- Join the ‘Late Entry’ Queue at Race HQ, show your entry invoice and collect your race pack
Please choose carefully. We do not normally give refunds if you simply change your mind, are unable to attend the event or make a wrong selection or decision.
You may read all the Event Policies HERE.
Every effort has been made to keep entry costs to an absolute minimum, however we are keen to encourage families to be involved and we do understand that entries for a large family can add up.
If you are a family unit, and members of your family are looking at taking part, then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org PRIOR TO ENTERING with the following details:
- Your name, telephone number & email address; and
- The names of those in your family who will be taking part.
We will consider each request on an individual basis and send a email in response.
Important Information about Family Discounts
- For family discounts, entries must be for members of one family unit. Groups of friends are not eligible.
- Sending an email does not guarantee a discount. A family discount will be offered only at the discretion of the event managers.
- Discounts will only be considered prior to entries being received. Discounts cannot be backdated and no refunds will be given as a result of a Family Discount.
- Family entries must be made on the same order.
- If a discount is offered and the entry does not match the details in the email request In2Adventure reserve the right, without prior notice, to debit the difference in entry fees from the credit card listed on the entry.
Information for Schools
Many schools throughout the Bendigo Region have already registered to ‘Give it a GO… in BendiGO!’ and as such are eligible to be in the running to win the Bendigo Kids School Trophy, which will be awarded to the school with the most number of participants on the day.
There are many benefits available for schools who register for the Bendigo Kids School Program including:
- FREE entries to award to students;
- Discounted entry; and
- The chance to be in the running for the Bendigo Kids School Trophy
If your school would like to register to be a part of the Bendigo Kids Schools program, please email us at email@example.com and our schools coordinator will send out a full information pack for your school.
We look forward to welcoming schools from across the region!
Our volunteer crew, affectionately known as the “True Blueys” are an integral part of all In2Adventure events. Their help, energy and expertise are what make our events possible. Every minute that is donated by our volunteers is truly valued by our competitors and the event team.
As a member of the True Blueys, volunteers will have the opportunity to experience what it’s like to play a key role in delivering major events – and the rewards don’t end there! Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn new skills, check out what goes on behind the scenes at a major event, experience the excitement of an action-packed event and have a fantastic time outdoors.
Each of our amazing True Bluey Volunteers receive:
- A meal voucher;
- A thank you gift pack – usually merchandise such as t-shirts and/or caps, visors, skull cases; and
- Lots and lots of thanks from our team and our athletes.
In2Adventure welcomes community groups who would like to be a part of our volunteer program as a fundraising activity for the group. If your group would like to participate please email our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHAT MIGHT I BE DOING AS A VOLUNTEER?
Village Volunteers | Meet & Greet
Our village volunteers are the welcoming face of the event, they welcome athletes and parents as they arrive and direct them to the relevant areas at Race HQ. They are also a great source of knowledge, ready to answer the lots of questions that our kids and parents will have on the day.
Our village volunteers also assist at the ‘Get Together Area’, an area for connecting lost kids with parents or guardians.
Registration and Run Course Marshals
Our rego and run course marshal volunteers initially assist at Race HQ, ensuring everyone is registered and collected their race packs.
After registration the fun starts as our HQ marshals are redeployed onto the run course. This is where all the fun starts, providing direction and lots of encouragement for our athletes as they run to the finish. Our run course marshals also provide a communication point back to the Run Course Manager and direct spectator traffic.
Registration and Race HQ Marshals
Our rego and Race HQ marshal volunteers initially assist at registration, ensuring everyone has registered and collected their race packs. They then look after the Race HQ tent assisting our visitors with any questions and merchandise sales.
Athlete Number Marking and Finish Line Marshals
These volunteers initially assist at Race HQ, ensuring all our champions have their numbers marked on their arms.
After registration the fun starts as our HQ marshals are redeployed to the finish line, which is arguably one of the most exciting parts of the course. The main focus here is lots of encouragement, cheering and high fives. Our finish line marshals also direct finishers to the snacks and photo area.
Briefing Area Marshals
Our briefing area marshals help us manage athletes in the briefing area. This means ensuring the right athletes are in the area for the right briefing and directing athletes to the swim start.
This is where all the nerves start so lots of encouragement and support will be a must.
Swim Course Marshals
Our swim course marshal volunteers provide direction at the swim start and finish area and assist with the swim starts. There will be lots of nerves, so lots of encouragement and support will be needed.
Bike Course Marshals
This is where all the fun happens, providing direction and lots of encouragement for our athletes on the bike. Our bike course marshals provide a communication point back to the Bike Course Manager and assist with directing spectator traffic.
Transition Area Marshals
The transition area is the hub of the event and is where all the action happens between the swim, bike and run legs.
Initially in the morning our marshals will be managing entry to the transition area and assisting our young athletes to place their bikes in the right place. Then helping them lay out their equipment.
Between each leg our Transition Area Marshals will assist our young athletes with:
- Finding their bike after the swim;
- Putting on their bike kit ready for the ride, including helmets;
- Returning their bike to the correct place in transition;
- Putting on their run kit;
- Providing lots and lots of cheers and encouragement.
Set Up | Pack Down Assistants
For those volunteers who love a bit of physical activity, then assisting with set up and pull down might be the perfect role. Volunteers assist with the logistical set up and pull down of the event including tents, fences, bunting, signage and all the other key logistics involved in the set up.
Our Bendigo Kids Partners
The Bendigo Kids Triathlon is a community event and is proudly supported by some amazing organisations and businesses from the local area. Without these amazing partners this event would not happen, so we encourage you to take some time to find out about our partners and support them wherever possible.